Indie Publisher Announces the Top 10 Self-Published Children's Picture Books of 2013

Great children's books the big publishers don't want you to see
SAN DIEGO - March 1, 2014 - PRLog -- Last December, Aviva Gittle, the owner of Aviva Gittle Publishing, decided to create a list of the Top 10 children’s books for 2013. There was one catch: No traditionally published books allowed. She was only interested in self-published authors.

The inspiration for The Gittle List 2013: Top 10 Self-published Children’s Picture Books came from two books that, unfortunately, few have heard of and even fewer have read. “In 2013, I was asked to review several children's stories by self-publishers. There were two books that I could not stop thinking about it. I enjoyed them as much as the classics from ‘legitimate’ publishers.”

Aviva knows firsthand that self-publishers are not always taken seriously. “Come to think of it, before I got into self-publishing, I only recommended the classic children's books. A whole new world of stories has been revealed [to me].” The Gittle List 2013 included books Ms. Gittle had reviewed and submissions from self-published authors from around the world. It went so well, Aviva will do it again for 2014. “This year the list will be completed before the holidays as a gift-buying guide.”

#1 on The Gittle List 2013, Lucy Elliott (Frank the Gentle Viking), was very excited. “Eeeeeeeeee! That's wonderful! Just what I needed to motivate me to tackle my next project.” #5, Nancy O’Neill (Guess What is at the Zoo?), said, “I'm simply ecstatic! I feel so honored to have one of my Guess What? books make The Gittle List.”

Aviva Gittle thinks it’s important for self-published authors to honestly review each other’s work. “What makes me a good judge? I've been a writer since childhood. I self-published six books last year, and I’m a grandmother always looking to buy great books for my grandsons. I'm a prospective buyer of your book. Keep that in mind when you read my reviews.”

Visit the Aviva Gittle Publishing website at to see the complete list of winning children’s books for 2013.

Aviva Gittle Publishing writes and publishes stories for children. Aviva’s website,, shares the stories of authors, illustrators and others who create books and creative media for children.

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